Important Information for Parents to Know/ Informacion Para Padres

Influenza 

  • Flu season has begun. In the United States flu is most prevalent between October and March. 
  • Get a flu shot every year to prevent or lessen the severity of influenza.
  • Symptoms of influenza are sudden high fever, headache, body aches, fatigue, cough and congestion.
  • Flu is highly contagious.
  • Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Services has guidelines that students diagnosed with influenza should remain home for 5 days which will be enforced by Shawnee Mission School District to prevent the spread to others.

Please see the following link for more information about influenza from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) including a map of flu activity. 

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

Lice

Kansas Department of Health and Environment came out with new guidelines for lice this year. They now match the CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics and National Association of School Nurses guidelines which our district has followed for several years.

  • Students are not excluded from school for lice.
  • If lice is found the nurse will notify the parent and recommend treatment be done at home that evening.
  • We do not do routine checks at school, but the nurse will check if asked by student, parent or teacher due to symptoms of itching or noticing bugs or nits in hair.
  • Lice is not easily transmitted, they do not fly or jump. They only crawl and need direct head to head contact to transmit.
  • Lice carry no health risks or diseases.
  • Parents should routinely check their students for lice.
  • Nits are tightly adhered to the hair shaft and pose no risk of transmission. Nits more than ¼ inch from scalp are not viable.
  • Treatment should be done with over the counter FDA approved shampoos like Nix or Rid, or a prescription shampoo from your doctor.
  • Home remedies are not recommended as they have not been proven to be effective.

Please see the following information from Kansas Department of Health and Environmental services and the district health services department  for more information.

http://www.kdheks.gov/c-f/head_lice.htm

https://www.smsd.org/about/departments/health-services/head-lice